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Residents around fish market bear with odour at Puthur

S.Ganesan
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People living around the market and consumers visiting endure the stinkand poor sanitary conditions.

Fishy affair:Boxes used to transport fish dumped on the roadside near Puthur Market, even though a corporation garbage vehicle is stationed at the spot.— PHOTO : R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
Fishy affair:Boxes used to transport fish dumped on the roadside near Puthur Market, even though a corporation garbage vehicle is stationed at the spot.— PHOTO : R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

Poor sanitary conditions around Puthur Market, housing one of the major vegetable and fish markets in the city, is turning out to be a stinking trouble for consumers visiting the market for their daily needs.

Residents living around the market complain that indiscriminate dumping of garbage around the market, especially the fish market, is posing a health hazard. Boxes and containers used for packing fish are dumped. Although the corporation stations a garbage vehicle for traders to dump wastes, a majority of the traders dump the wastes all around.

Similarly, vegetable wastes and garbage could be found strewn around the bins placed in front of the market. An over-pervading stench prevails around the market owing to the poor sanitary conditions, alleges a group of residents, who staged a protest recently seeking the shifting of the market. The entire Puthur Market, locals say, is cramped and the decrepit building needs to be renovated.

“People living around the market and consumers visiting it endure the stink and poor sanitary conditions. It is time the civic body expedited its plans of modernising the fish markets in the city in the interest of the public,” says a local resident, who did not want to be named. Although Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has planned to construct a modern wholesale fish market in the city and build new retail shops for traders at the fish market at Puthur, the project is yet to take off. An official resolution on the subject adopted at the Corporation Council in June 2012 said the fish market is currently functioning in the congested locality of Renganathapuram area.

No adequate space for parking heavy and light vehicles loading and unloading fish at the marke. With the locality being a residential area surrounded by hospitals, residents were facing hardships. New shops would be built for retail traders at Puthur fish market and also at Gandhi Market in the city, replacing the existing ones, the resolution said.

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